A Negro and An Ofay

A Negro and An Ofay

The Tales of Elliot Caprice

Book - 2017
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In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago's North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat. Good thing he's had a lifetime of playing both sides to the middle.

Publisher: Lutz, FL : Down & Out Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781943402670
1943402671
Branch Call Number: GARDNER
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm

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bradallen
Aug 02, 2017

What a fantastic addition to the post World War II noir genre! Great story line, well drawn characters, addictive reading, and an honest dose of the reality of 1950s style racism that plagued America. Danny Gardner does a brilliant job with Elliot Caprice portraying the complicated world of a light-skinned biracial military vet coming back to the world after the war. So glad I discovered this book. Highly recommended.

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